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Inaugural Tomato Festival draws almost 40 entries

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James Yonker and Linda Allison went home from the Hopkins County Tomato Festival Saturday with top honors for their tomatoes, while Diana Goen, Audrey Greenway, Enola Gay Mathews and Chris Wiburn were recognized for having the best recipes in the tomato foods contest. Top honors for tomato photography went to Kim Grider.

The tomato growing contest featured 25 entries in three classes: cherry tomatoes, pear class and large red tomatoes. The digital photography contest garnered seven entries and the recipe contest seven as well.

“Our tomato festival was a nice lively event. It was good to see people talking about tomatoes and sharing their experiences with us. Judging tomatoes takes time, but the results were worth it,” said Dr. Mario Villarino, Hopkins County AgriLife Extension Service agent.

First place in the digital photography contest went to Kim Grider for her "Tomato Rainbow" photo. Second place was awarded for "Emma's First Roma Pick” by Brian McClure. "Beefeater Strik” by Brian McClure won third place.

The tomato foods contest featured four categories: salsa, salads, side dish and main dish. In the salsa category, first place went to Chris Wilburn, second to Wendy Johnson, third to Kevin Munson and fourth to James Yonker. Enola Gay Mathews’ Caprese salad won first place in the salad category. In the main dish contest, Audrey Greenway won first place with her chili. In the side dish contest, Diana Goen took top honors with her tomato jelly.

In the tomato growing contest, Linda Allison won first place in both cherry tomato and pear tomato classes. Chris Wilburn and John Bowman traded places in both categories. Wilburn had the second place cherry tomato and the third place pear tomato, while John Bowman received third place for his cherry tomato and second for his pear class tomato entry.

James Yonker’s large red tomato received first place honors, while Enola Gay Mathews’ large red won second and Cindy Elam’s won third.




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